LGBT Celebs: Life Out of the Closet

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  • Sheryl Swoopes
  • Ricky Martin
  • Esera Tuaolo
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  • Lee Daniels
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  • Angela Davis
  • Derrick Gordon
  • Angel Haze
  • Robin Roberts
  • Brittney Griner
  • Michael Sam
  • Raven-Symone
  • Jason Collins
  • Earvin "EJ" Johnson III, Magic Johnson, Cookie Johnson
  • John Amaechi
  • Frank Ocean
  • Clive Davis
  • Don Lemon
  • Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
  • Wanda Sykes

Esera Tuaolo

Former NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo, who played in the league for nine years, said that his frustrations and difficulties with keeping his orientation a secret is what led to his early retirement. "It's scary," he wrote in ESPN The Magazine. "I'm not sure how people will react, especially the people I competed with and against on the football field. But it was scarier wearing a mask. I want to show people how much happier I am now that I've come out, that I'm free. A huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders.

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